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Kearney injury concern for Lions

Ireland international Rob Kearney has emerged as an early tour injury concern for the British and Irish Lions.

Leinster full-back Kearney has a hamstring problem and Lions head coach Warren Gatland is planning to keep a close eye on his progress.

Gatland said: "He is a little bit of a concern for us at the moment, to be honest. He's got a grade one tear and we are going to see how he responds, so we've got to be potentially prepared that that hamstring might not heal as quickly as we would like."

He added: "We want to give him some time. We scanned him in Hong Kong, it came back as a grade one tear and the medics have put in a plan for the next week or so.

"We feel like we've got cover at the moment with Leigh Halfpenny and Stuart Hogg, and obviously Sean Maitland has played quite a lot at full-back as well.

"We will see how Rob progresses.

"There have been some markers put in place. If we can hit those in the right timescale we can hopefully bring him back.

"But it looks a little bit concerning at this stage."

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